Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Gourmet Campfire Cooking with The Homestead
Lake Claire Community Land Trust, 280 Arizona Ave. (Lake Claire)
If flame-roasted weenies and a tin of baked beans sound like your usual fireside dining fare, allow the Homestead to expand your culinary campfire horizons a bit. On Thursday evening, outdoor enthusiast and caterer extraordinaire Cathy Conway will show her students how to whip up a gourmet meal whilst huddling around the campfire, no SPAM allowed.
Deal nearby: Inman Perk
Friday, October 18, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Slice, 85 Poplar St. (Downtown)
Since 2011, Elevate has transformed Downtown Atlanta by filling street corners and empty spaces with artwork, performance, installation and more for one jam-packed week each year. This go-round, they're kicking things off by closin' down the streets for a night of performance, music and more—in their words, "think African drumming crashing into dub-step." Prepare to see Downtown in a whole new way, ATL.
Deal nearby: NaanStop
Friday, October 18, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
"Momentum: Exit to the Future"
Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster St. (Westside)
The annual exhibition and fundraiser for The Creatives Project showcases and celebrates the work of their 2011-2013 artists-in-residence, a group of ATL's best and brightest, while also welcoming the program's next round of talented creators. (We hear there will also be moonshine, but you didn't hear it from us.)
Deal nearby: Malaya
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Atlanta Play Day
After dozens of outdoor events encouraging Atlantans to shut their laptops, go outside, and do some frolicking, Atlanta ContactPoint is hosting their biggest Play Day yet in — where else? — Piedmont Park. But this ain't your middle school field day. Expect everything from bocce to circus arts to blindfolded yoga, plus food and drink from healthy purveyors like Chuice and Dtox.
Deal nearby: Lunch & Brunch at Campagnolo
Saturday, October 19, noon to 11 p.m.
13th Annual Little Five Halloween Parade
Little Five Points (Euclid Ave. and Moreland Ave.)
We'll just come out and say it: witnessing the hilarious, terrifying and downright bizarre marching through Little Five Points in the neighborhood's beloved annual Halloween Parade is probably the single most entertaining way to celebrate October in ATL. (Clicking through the photos the following Monday might take second place.)
Deal nearby: The Deli at Savi Urban Market
Saturday, October 19, 7 p.m. to midnight
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. (Westside)
This just might be the art event of the year, ATL. Strong statement, we know, but when you combine carefully curated exhibitions, multimedia spectacles, insanely talented DJs, food and drink from the city's best bars and restaurants, and a go-go revue... well, let's just say there ain't no party like an Art Party.
Deal nearby: Skyview Ferris Wheel Date Night for Two
Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
38th Annual Grant Park Mothball
Grant Park Recreation Center, 537 Park Ave. (Grant Park)
How, one might ask, does one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods roll? Why, with bluegrass music, a hootenanny dance-off, a little moonshine, and two of the comedians behind "Archer" MCing the whole darn thing, that's how. Those Victorians know how to get down.
Deal nearby: El Mexicano
Sunday, October 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Atlas Walkabout
Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown
Wonderroot has teamed up with LA-based collective Fallen Fruit for an afternoon of experiencing Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown in a whole new light. Pick up a Public Atlas map from Park Grounds, Esther Peachy Park, or any of the other listed locations, take a stroll, and find a few pages of artwork somewhere along the way. X marks the spot.
Deal nearby: Julianna's Crepes